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Ludlow preview: King Massini to rule again

| 02.12.2015

David Metcalf | December 2, 2015

King Massini scored in good style last time out and can make light of a rise in the weights to follow-up in the 3m 1f handicap chase on today’s card at Ludlow (14.10).

The Evan Williams trained gelding developed into a useful chaser in 2013 when winning three times, with his last success coming off a mark of 120 at this venue when easily beating Rydalis by seven lengths.

King Massini got whacked up 11lb to 131 for that victory and endured a long losing run as a result.

However, the nine-year-old finally took advantage of a drop in the weights to land a gamble over course and distance last month when cosily beating Rockiteer by 2 1/2 lengths off a mark of 115.

King Massini has been put up 8lb to 123 for that success, but remains well-treated on the pick of his back form and it may not be enough to stop him going in again.

Another plus is that the son of Dr Massini has an excellent record at the venue, having won three times and been placed once in eight starts. The stable is also in terrific form at present, and everything points to a huge run.

Dusky Legend to make successful return

In the 2m mares’ handicap hurdle (13.40), Dusky Legend can take advantage of what looks a very lenient mark to make a winning return to action.

The Alan King trained five-year-old is a bumper winner who shaped with bags of promise when runner-up on all three starts over hurdles last winter. In the last of those, Dusky Legend stayed on well to be beaten 3 3/4 lengths by The Govaness in a 16-runner contest at Towcester.

The winner is a very useful sort now rated 144, and the pair pulled 26 lengths clear of the third home. That gives the form a rock solid look and suggests that Dusky Legend is potentially thrown-in at the weights on handicap debut off an opening mark of just 122 for a yard in fine form at present.


12.40: Scoppio Del Carro
13.10: The Bugler
13.40: Dusky Legend (NB)
14.10: King Massini (NAP)
14.40: Jayo Time
15.10: Fred Le Macon
15.40: Ballybrowneybridge


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.